I saw Thelma & Louise in 1991 when I was 24 years old. I remember appreciating the Southern Utah landscape as I lived in Salt Lake City at the time. I insisted that my best friend watch it too because it was us; her and I! My huge take-away from the movie was the commitment between two people, two best friends who loved each other so much as to support each other until the very end. I was shocked that a Hollywood movie actually ended the way Thelma & Louise ended…by dying. I LOVED IT! I knew in that moment as they sped towards the cliff and then actually went over together, that I had the same commitment with my bestie, Wendy. I would go over the edge with her too because that’s what friends do. Love is Love!
I saw “Catching Sight of Thelma and Louise” at the Napa Film Festival. It won my personal “best in show” award. It’s a smart, insightful and high-quality documentary that explores what’s become — 25+ years after the making of T+L — the timely topic of sexual harassment and male abuse of females. One leaves with the impression that not a whole has changed over the years … which makes this film all the more important. I highly recommend “Catching Sight” to all. Kudos to Jennifer Townsend for making this movie and to her subjects for their openness, honesty and willingness to share their pain on screen.
The parallel relationships between Thelma and Louise and Butch and Sundance – with that final scene from Butch Cassidy was masterfully edited. I thought it worked really well. It ‘landed’ that our culture has such a marginal view of women, especially in film and media.
I appreciated how you referenced scenes from the movie as a reminder. It really took me ‘there’ and to my own memories of the movie as I listened to the discussion so I felt included. The editing felt integrated and seamless. Nice!
I stayed engaged with the commentary throughout, never felt lost and definitely felt it took the time to say what everyone needed to say without belaboring any given point.
Your story was so powerful and it brought me to my knees with flowing tears. The pain the film projects is a reality and people need to understand that this is a very serious and painful crime that impacts one for the rest of their life. Women are the weaker sex, and unfortunately we are smaller and less muscular and have no chance against a man, and it happens when we least expect it.
It is an excellent documentary about the impact T&L made on its viewers 25 years ago and today, and yes, about sexual harassment. This screening couldn’t have been more timely. So yes, #MeToo; I have experienced sexual harassment, as I think most women have. I loved what the director, Jennifer Townsend, said: “I want to change the dialogue from #MeToo to #NoMore.” By the way, she is 78 years old and this was the first film she’s made. Thank you, Jennifer, for being a huge inspiration!
In this one-minute clip, Sarah, a participant in our film, reminds us of the essential elements underlying the protagonists’ journey. These elements provide the seedbed that Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise grew out of, unfolding in an organic, real-world expression of the ‘mother film.’
Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise is a documentary about Thelma & Louise. Not about ‘the Making’ of the film. Not the story behind the film. But about what Thelma & Louise means to viewers. What place does it occupy in the hearts and minds of the filmgoing public? And Why?
In 2014, Film Director, Jennifer Townsend, began tracking down respondents to her 1991 survey. As respondents were found, she and her film team traveled across the country to conduct on-camera interviews, capturing reactions to their original survey responses as well as current impressions and comparisons.
One can only imagine the challenges in trying to locate people whose contact information was twenty-five years old; whose addresses and phone numbers were no longer accurate; who moved to other cities and states; who got married or divorced; changed names, etc.